Dear Beloved in Christ,
The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched on longer than anyone could have anticipated. For a time, it has kept us out of our favorite restaurants, hair salons, and even our church building. But that time is now coming to an end. We will resume holding worship services on Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 10:15 am.
We understand that not everyone is comfortable with returning to in person worship, so for that reason, the online and conference call options will continue. If you are sick, at risk, or otherwise uncomfortable with the idea of returning, we strongly encourage you to remain at home and continue to use these remote options.
If you do decide to join us on August 2, or at any point in the future, please observe the following (our full policy is available in the church office):
- Be aware that you attend live worship at your own risk. Though we have every conceivable precaution in place, we cannot guarantee that you will not contract COVID-19 while attending a worship service or any church event.
- Our custodians will begin preparing the church building for our re-opening on Monday, July 20, 2020. They will begin by removing some of the furniture from the welcome area, removing everything from the pews, and disinfecting everything according to CDC guidelines.
- Face-coverings (masks) are required. If you do not have one or forget yours at home, we will be happy to give you one as a gift.
- Please use either the front door by the elevator, or the back door by the parsonage only. A greeter will welcome you and open the door for you.
- Only one person is to use the elevator at a time, unless they are from the same household.
- Two ushers with clipboards will greet you in the welcome area. Please check-in with them before you find your seat.
- Please place your offerings in the plates by the entrance to the sanctuary before you find your seat. If it is a Communion Sunday, you should pick up your Communion Cups there as well. There will be no bulletins.
- In order to help with social distancing, every other pew in the sanctuary will be blocked off, so you may not get to sit in your favorite pew. Please sit near the aisles so as to social distance from others in your pew. Only persons in the same household may sit together.
- After the service, please move quickly outside. You may visit with friends you haven’t seen in a long while, but please do so outside in the fresh air. Please remember to practice social distancing and refrain from hugging, shaking hands, or other physical contact with someone outside your household.
- If someone tests positive for COVID-19 after attending worship, we will quickly call everyone who was in attendance during the weeks in question. The church building will then be closed for a minimum of two weeks in accordance with the CDC guidelines.
As your pastor, I will continue to monitor local COVID-19 cases closely. If there is a spike in cases, I reserve the right to close the church building with little or no notice. Closing announcements will appear on the Facebook page, as well as signs on the doors. We will send out a phone tree as well, if there is time. But, again, if you are in any way concerned about the risks, you are encouraged to stay home and attend online or over the phone.
As the Apostle Paul said, “I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong – that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith,” (Romans 1:11-12). I look forward to our return with great joy and anticipation. Yet, I am also cautious, because this COVID-19 crisis is far from over. Continue to be strong in the faith, and I hope to see you on August 2!
With Agape Love,